Dr. Jane Goodall Inspires Youth

by Lauren, Zoo Blog Keeper

Sacramento youth honored Dr. Jane Goodall at the Sacramento Zoo and planted 50 trees with Sacramento Tree Foundation throught Land Park to commemorate her 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, was honored at the Zoo. Keele Shaw, a 15-year-old local teen with Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global humanitarian and environmental youth program, invited Dr. Goodall to visit with 200 Sacramento school children. A member of the California Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Council, Keele is one of ten young leaders from around the state selected for her efforts to improve her community and the world.

City Council and Zoo officials, Roots & Shoots leaders and the local students heard Dr. Goodall present fascinating stories about her pioneering work with chimpanzees; information about the education, conservation and development programs of the Jane Goodall Institute; and her reasons for hope that we can save threatened species, the planet and ultimately ourselves. A UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall also encouraged her audience to recognize their ability to effect change. Her frequent reminder: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

Roots & Shoots youth leaders joined Dr. Goodall for a ceremonial olive tree planting in the Zoo's Backyard(check it out next time you visit and see the plaque honoring Dr. Goodall). To celebrate the nearly 50 years of research that Dr. Goodall began in 1960, local Sacramento youth and the Sacramento Tree Foundation planted 49 additional trees in William Land Park.

Photos by: Tom Myers

Check out the article in todays SacBee: http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/851161.html

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